Jun.18, 2013

Architect Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer recently unveiled a 1:3 scale prototype of the room at the Materializing Exhibition in Tokyo and Swiss Art Awards 2013 in Basel, Switzerland.

This project is called "Digital Grotesque", which uses 3D printing to construct an intricate room with crazy patterns. The piece is designed using an algorithm to divide and then repeat shapes to come up with complex patterns. Because of its complexity, according to the designers, the room contains 80 million surfaces.

The room is then 3D printed in sandstone on a VoxelJet with 0.14mm resolution. It is 1.2 x 1.15 x 0.6 meters and weighs 350kg.

The designers explain:

In the project Digital Grotesque we explore the new potentials of digital design using a reduced, minimalist approach that nonetheless transcends rationality.


Inspired by the natural process of cell division, we develop an algorithm that iteratively divides and transforms the initial geometry of a simple cube. Despite simple rules, a complex world of forms arises at multiple scales: between ornament and structure, between order and chaos, foreign and yet familiar: a digital grotesque.

The 1:1 scale, fully enclosed, entirely 3d printed room will be revealed on 22nd July. Check out more images of the prototype and a video of its construction below.


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Dan wrote at 6/19/2013 7:30:09 AM:

It looks like the spaces created with http://www.mandelbulber.com/gallery_page1.php

john witcombe wrote at 6/19/2013 6:28:56 AM:

one day I would love to see and visit such a room. Magic. Make a great coffin too.

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